Are you looking to plan a Mexico vacation to Cancun this month? It’s easy to see why Cancun is a top tourist destination for travelers wanting to escape the cold winters up north. Cancun has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and the weather is warm and sunny all year long. Looking for a nice place to stay that won’t break the bank? Why not stay at the Villa del Palmar Cancun? The whole family will love the spacious accommodations, top of the line services, and luxurious amenities. If you want to get out and explore town during your vacation to Mexico, don’t miss the 17th edition of the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival. One of the top Cancun activities that has been held each year since 2003, this year’s event will last from November 30th through December 2nd. The Riviera Maya Jazz Festival will include some of the top jazz musicians as they share a stage in the Mexican Caribbean. Some of the best jazz artists that are recognized worldwide for their musical talent will be performing. Keep reading below to learn about the history of jazz and make sure to attend this year’s Riviera Maya Jazz Festival in Cancun, Mexico.
The History of Jazz: Roots in Blue and Ragtime
Did you know that the roots of jazz are found in blues and ragtime musical traditions taken from Africa and Europe? Many people say that jazz is a blend of African and European music that is all about rhythm and soul. Many people say that jazz music originated in African-American communities in New Orleans about 100 years ago during the early 20th century, while others believe jazz was born earlier in 1895 when Buddy Bolden started his first band. Also, jazz really came alive in the year 1917 when Nick LaRocca and his Original Dixieland Jazz Band recorded the first jazz record known as, “Livery Stable Blues.” Despite the exact origins of jazz music, it became much more popular in the 1920’s when it became part of American popular culture. The original jazz sound that started in New Orleans quickly diversified and began to appeal to people from various sectors of society. Even fashion in the 1920’s was influenced by jazz music. The Jazz Age during the 1920’s propelled jazz to become recognized as a major form of musical expression. Today, jazz music is an important part of American history, and essentially gave birth to swing, big band, pop rock and roll, soul hip-hop and rap music as well.
Riviera Maya Jazz Festival: November 2019
This year, the 17th annual Riviera Maya Jazz Festival will be hosted in Playa del Carmen, Mexico near Cancun. One of the most popular Cancun activities to attend, the Jazz Festival has occurred annually since 2003. Typically, the festival is held during Thanksgiving weekend at the end of November. The Riviera Maya Jazz Festival is an exciting and fun series of open-air concerts where attendees can enjoy Cancun’s great weather and live music. The festival environment seeks to blend a mix of different jazz genres for a unique and unforgettable experience. In past years, crowds of over 20,000 people have generally attended the festival, so be prepared for big crowds. The Jazz festival is an important cultural event, and one of the top Cancun activities that attracts great talent to the area. Talented jazz musicians including George Benson, Tower of Power, Sergio Mendez, Spyro Gira, Herbie Hancock, Celso Pina, Earth, Wind, and Fire and many more have all participated at past Riviera Maya Jazz Festivals. This year, the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival is a three day event that will occur from November 30th to December on Mamitas Beach. Mamitas Beach is an ideal event space since it is easy to get to and festival attendees will enjoy the beach setting. Each year, a large stage is built to accommodate the incredible musical acts, and the event is always well organized for the public. The Riviera Maya Jazz Festival is a free event, but the area close to the stage will charge a small entry fee of 18 pesos per person. If you want to avoid big crowds so you can relax as you enjoy the festival, there is a VIP area that is much less crowded if you get to the event early to secure your space.
Are you going to Cancun in late November? Are you looking for a place to stay? If so, consider the Villa del Palmar Cancun, part of the Club Caribe vacation club. These premiere resorts offer all-inclusive plans so you can have the dream vacation to Mexico you have been waiting for. Also, make sure to attend the 17th annual Riviera Maya Jazz Festival from November 30th to December 2nd, one of 2019’s top Cancun activities that the whole family will love